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As they say, change is blowing in the wind. That wind certainly hit Becker County in 2007 when it came to change in personnel. Everywhere from schools to city, law to postal, hired hands have been changing left and right. Some seemed to be switching jobs amongst themselves, and one even took a new title for the department together with his new position. Detroit Lakes Street and Park Superintendent Roy Estes retired, as did the title. Changing to Public Works, Brad Green took over as director.
New location, new paint, new carpet, new ideas. The Anishinaabe Center has relocated and is ready to become even more involved with the American Indian people. In October, the Anishinaabe Center moved from Detroit Lakes to Callaway, because, Executive Director Leslie Fain said, most of the people the center serves are from the White Earth Indian Reservation.
After a weekend to ponder Alderman Leonard Heltemes' proposal of a $195,000 reduction in the 2008 budget, the Detroit Lakes City Council gathered Monday morning and rejected the proposal, opting instead to pass the original motion. "We had things agreed on.
Using the liquor fund to keep the Detroit Lakes tax levy down is in question. The Detroit Lakes City Council met in a special meeting Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning to take action on a resolution that would adopt the 2007 tax levy and the 2008 budget.
Bringing together lots of ideas and components from various people to transform a vision into reality.
Some people may not know the similarities between "Dirty Sexy Money" character Brian and executive producer and writer Craig Wright, but they're there. Brian, a preacher, leaves the church to join the family business. Wright, a former preacher, left the church to join Hollywood. "I was already at odds with the church over a lot of things," he said earlier this month while in Detroit Lakes visiting. Wright now lives in Silver Lake, Calif., an area of Los Angeles between Hollywood and downtown.
Odiela Tietz and her daughters, Mary and Terry, visited the Holy Land to walk where Jesus had walked.
This year the Frazee-Vergas School District decided to change its kindergarten program to all-day, everyday, and so far, it's been a success. Kindergarteners are learning at such a higher rate, they are months ahead of where they were in previous years. "We're doing now what typically we were doing in February," teacher Tanya Mahoney said. Teacher Markay Larson said parents are surprised what their kids are learning now, compared to what their older children did just a couple years ago.
Residents had one last opportunity to voice their opinions on the county purchasing the Berean Baptist Church property and building a parking lot, but the Detroit Lakes City Council passed the motion, despite the opposition. Besides the fact that neighbors didn't want a parking lot in their neighborhood, Tuesday night the focus turned to tearing down a historical aspect of the city.
Construction has ended for the season, but contractors already have work ready as soon as they can begin next spring. "We worked as late as physically possible. The cold weather was forcing us to cease some operations, and the snow was definitely the end of the earthmoving for us," Hoffman Construction Project Manager Chad Johnson said last week. Designed as a three-year project, Hoffman Construction, of Black River Falls, Wis., found areas to accelerate the project to have it done in two years -- and paving Highway 10 early was the key.